Jerusalem tours

"If I forget thee Oh Jerusalem....If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my greatest Joy (Psalm 137)"

 

jerusalem tours The Eternal City and Capital of The State of Israel. One can't adequately describe all that there is to discover in a city oozing with 3,000 years of dramatic history. Captured from the Jebusites by King David and made the capital of the united Israelite Kingdom. His son, Solomon expanded the kingdom and built the 1st Jewish Temple over the "Foundation Stone" - the rock of Mount Moriah, making a magnet of worship for half a million Israelite and Jewish pilgrims, including one Jesus of Nazareth. Sacked and destroyed by Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzer in 586 BCE; rebuilt under the leadership of the Prophetrs Ezra and Nehemia 70 years later under Persain rule; expanded under the Hasmonean dynasties of the Maccabees and turned by King Herod the Great of Judea and his grandsons into one of the largest and most magnificnet cities of the near east, only to be completely destroyed by the Romans Legions under Titus in 70 CE. Rebuilt 65 years later as the pagan city of Aelia Capitolina under Roman Emperor Hadrian; expanded 200 years later under Constantine the Great and Byzantine Christian rulers who built an array of monumental churches commemorating the events of the last week of Jesus' life. Embellished by its first Muslim rulers until destroyed by earthquake in the 8th Century and then forgotten as a backwater off the main trade route during later Muslim Caliphates with the exception of the Frankish Crusaders and Egyptian Mamelukes until a revived European interest and immigration of Jews and Arabs in the 19th century caused continued expansion till modern times. Tour the Old City with me and through visiting ongoing excavations let the reveal to us the city's past, both over and underground. Find The Bible come to life, the rich and unique history drawing you in for your own individual and personal experience of the Holiest City on earth. We can also tour the New City, a vibrant and multicultural modern city - not only the seat of all of Israel's government, but with a lively night-life, numerous impressive and unique museums, malls, markets and 19th century neighbourhoods.